North Korean Missile Launches & Nuclear Tests: 1984-Present

 

Updated September 15, 2017.

The following database provides a chronology of North Korea missile launches and nuclear detonations, also reflected in the graphics above. These entries include full flight tests of ballistic and cruise missiles, both successful and unsuccessful, and nuclear tests. It does not include partial tests of missile subsystems such as static engine firings or cold-launch ejection system tests. It also does not show tests of air defense systems, or short-range rocket and artillery firings.

Date Missile Type Number Launched Citation
September-14-2017 Hwasong-12 (IRBM) 1 Associated Press
September-3-2017 Nuclear Test 100-140 kt yield Newsweek
August-28-2017 Hwasong-12 (IRBM) 1 Washington Post
August-26-2017 KN-21 Scud variant (SRBM) 3 Washington Post
July-28-2017 Hwasong-14 (ICBM) 1 Washington Post
July-4-2017 Hwasong-14 (ICBM) 1 CNN
June-7-2017  Kumsong-3 (ASCM) 4 Reuters
May-28-2017 KN-18 MaRV Scud-variant (SRBM) 1 Reuters
May-21-2017 KN-15 (MRBM) 1 CBS
May-14-2017 Hwasong-12 (IRBM) 1 CBS
Apr-29-2017 Hwasong-12 (IRBM) 1 Reuters
Apr-16-2017 Hwasong-12 (IRBM) 1 Fox News
Apr-5-2017 Hwasong-12 (IRBM) 1 Fox News
Mar-22-2017 Unknown 1 North Korea News
Mar-6-2017 Scud-ER (MRBM) 4 New York Times
Feb-12-2017 KN-15 (Pukkuksong-2) 1 CNN
Oct-19-2016 Musudan 1 New York Times
Oct-15-2016 Musudan 1 New York Times
Sep-9-2016 Nuclear Test 10 kt yield BBC
Sep-5-2016 No Dong 3 CNN
Aug-24-2016 KN-11 (SLBM) 1 BBC
Aug-3-2016 No Dong 1 New York Times
Jul-18-2016 SRBM (Scud variant) 3 CNN
Jul-9-2016 KN-11 (SLBM) 1 Reuters
Jun-22-2016 Musudan 2 CNN
May-31-2016 Musudan 1 BBC
Apr-28-2016 Musudan 2 Reuters
Apr-23-2016 KN-11 (SLBM) 1 North Korea
Apr-15-2016 Musudan 1 BBC
Mar-9-2016 SRBM (Scud variant) 2 New York Times
Feb-7-2016 Taepodong-2 / Unha-3 / 1 BBC
Jan-6-2016 Nuclear Test 7-10 kt yield Federation of American Scientists
Dec-21-2015 KN-11 (SLBM) 1 Yonhap News
Nov-28-2015 KN-11 (SLBM) 1 Reuters
Jun-14-2015 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 3 CNN
May-9-2015 KN-11 (SLBM) 1 CNN
Apr-3-2015 KN-02 (SRBM) 4 UPI
Mar-2-2015 SRBM (Scud variant) 2 New York Times
Feb-8-2015 KN-02 (SRBM) 5 New York Times
Feb-7-2015 Kumsong-3 (Cruise Missile) 1 New York Times
Sep-6-2014 KN-02 (SRBM) 3 New York Times
Sep-1-2014 KN-02 (SRBM) 1 Telegraph
Jul-26-2014 SRBM (Scud variant) 1 Washington Times
Jul-13-2014 SRBM (Scud variant) 2 USA Today
Jul-9-2014 SRBM (Scud variant) 2 New York Times
Mar-25-2014 No Dong 2 BBC
Mar-3-2014 SRBM (Scud variant) 2 CNN
Feb-27-2014 SRBM (Scud variant) 4 Reuters
Feb-12-2013 Nuclear Test 6-9 kt yield New York Times
May-(19/20)-2013 SRBM 3 Reuters
May-18-2013 SRBM 3 New York Times
Mar-2013 KN-02 (SRBM) 2 Korea Times
Dec-12-2012 Taepodong-2 / Unha-3 / 1 New York Times
Apr-2012 Taepodong-2 / Unha-3 / 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Jan-11-2012 KN-02 (SRBM) 2 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Oct-12-2009 KN-02 (SRBM) 5 CBS News
Jul-2009 Scud-ER (MRBM) 4 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
July-2009 No Dong 2 2 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
May-25-2009 Nuclear Test 2.4 kt yield New York Times
May-25-2009 KN-02 (SRBM) 3 New York Times
Apr-5-2009 Taepodong-2 / Unha-3 / 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
May-2008 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 3 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Mar-2008 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 3 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Jun-2007 KN-02 (SRBM) 3 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Jun-19-2007 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 1 UPI
Jun-7-2007 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 2 NTI
May-25-2007 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 1 NTI
Oct-09-2006 Nuclear Test  1-2 kt yield Nautilus Institute
Jul-05-2006 No Dong 2 White House
Jul-05-2006 SRBM (Scud variant) 4 White House
Jul-05-2006 Taepodong 2 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Mar-08-2006 KN-02 (SRBM) 2 NTI
May-2005 KN-02 (SRBM) 2 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Apr-2004 KN-02 (SRBM) 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Mar-1-2003 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 1  Armscontrol.org
Oct-2003 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 2  DTIC
Aug-31-1998 Taepodong-1 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
May-31-1994 KN-01 (Cruise Missile) 1 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
May-1993 No Dong 1 2 New York Times
May-1993 Hwasong 6 (SRBM) 2 New York Times
Jun-1992 No Dong 1 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Oct-1991 Hwasong 6 (SRBM) 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Aug-1991 No Dong 1 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Jun-1990 Hwasong 6 (SRBM) 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
May-1990 No Dong 1 1 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
Apr-1984 Hwasong 5 (SRBM) 7 IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, 2015-2016
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